Claire Buffie

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Claire Buffie
Headshot of Claire Buffie
photograph by Claire Buffie herself
Born Claire Buffie
(1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 32)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Photographer
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Title Miss Duneland 2007 (IN)
Miss Central Indiana 2008 (IN)
Miss Jubilee 2009
Miss Southeast New York 2010
Miss New York 2010
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brunette
Eye color Blue
Miss America 2011 (Top 12)

Claire Buffie (born May 15, 1986), is an American photographer. As Miss New York 2010, she was the first Miss America contestant to advocate a gay-rights platform at the Miss America 2011 pageant (where she placed in the top 12).[1][2][3]


A BSU Presidential Scholar and Emens scholar,[4] Buffie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications from Ball State University in 2008, with a concentration in photography and a minor in dance performance. During her academic career she received numerous awards and honors. After interning with Lois Greenfield and Macfadden Publications (publisher of Dance Magazine and Pointe), she began designing professionally for movmnt magazine. She has owned and operated her own photography and design business since 2005.[5] She began working for Apple Inc. in 2010.[3]

Buffie competed in the Miss Indiana 2008 contest, earning second runner-up to Miss Indiana 2008 winner, Katie Stam (Miss America 2009), and was a preliminary swimsuit and interview winner. After moving to New York, she competed in Miss New York 2009 pageant, winning preliminary swimsuit, evening gown and overall interview. The next year, she was crowned Miss Southeast New York,[6] and won the Miss New York 2010 title with the platform "Straight for Equality: Let's Talk."[7]

Buffie is an executive board member of the New York City chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and an active volunteer in its Safe Schools Program, which helps schools reduce bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.[3][8]


  1. ^ "Miss Kansas Bares Tattoos and 6 Other Memorable Miss America Moments |". September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Leach, Robin (January 14, 2011). "2011 Miss America photos: Four contestants stand out among field – Las Vegas Sun News". Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Miss New York supports same-sex marriage and can fix iPods", June 28, 2010.
  4. ^ John R. Emens and Aline B. Emens Scholarships, Ball State University
  5. ^ About Me Archived 2010-08-06 at the Wayback Machine.,
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  7. ^ Michael McGuire, "Claire Buffie crowned Miss New York 2010", Pageant Examiner, June 27, 2010
  8. ^ "PFLAG NYC Addresses Ninth Grade Classes at UN International School",; November 30, 2009

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alyse Zwick
Miss New York
Succeeded by
Kaitlin Monte